Near the city of Arusha and the Kenyan border lies another scenic highlight of Tanzania, Arusha National Park. It's heart is the 4566 meter high Mount Meru, which is a popular destination for mountaineers. The park has an incredible variety of flora and fauna, which cannot fail to impress. Hollywood also chose this park to film the movie “Hartari” in which Hardy Kruger starred alongside the legendary John Wayne. Arusha National Park lives a quiet life next to its siblings: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Only few travelers visit the park, which is a pity, because with its unique vegetation Arusha National Park is surely worth a visit or two. Between Mount Meru and Ngurdoto Crater are the Lakes of Momella, which are characterized by swamps, grasslands and montane forest. The mountain slopes of Mount Meru are covered by tropical rainforest, which make a nice contrast.
In the morning we leave from Moshi at 8:00 am for Arusha National Park. The drive to the park gate takes approximately 1 hour. From here you will participate in a half day walking safari and a half day game drive. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the walk, who will guide you through the forest up to the waterfall and the point for viewing the black and white colobus monkeys. During the game drive you will see the Lakes of Momella and the Ngurduto Crater. You will spot buffaloes, waterbucks, giraffes, warthogs, zebras and gazelles as well as different bird species. You might also see a leopard or elephants, the elephants and leopards are though a shier than the ones in Serengeti. We game drive in the park till afternoon and then drive back to Moshi.